• Confusion over WhatsApp's new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy

    11 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Confusion over an update to Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp's terms and conditions has triggered an intervention by Italy's data protection agency.
    The Italian GPDP said today it has contacted the European Data Protection Board to raise concerns about a lack of clear information over what's changing under the incoming T&Cs.
    In recent weeks WhatsApp has been alerting users they must accept new T&Cs in order to keep using the service after February 8.
    A similar alert over updated terms has also triggered concerns in India - where a petition was filed today in the Delhi High Court...
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  • E2E encrypted email providers also see sign-ups surge as chat app users flock to Signal and Telegram in search of privacy

    E2E encrypted email providers also see sign-ups surge as chat app users flock to Signal and Telegram in search of privacy

    11 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Privacy concerns that have been driving app users to alternative chat apps like Signal and Telegram in recent weeks, since Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced a T&Cs change, appear to also be generating some uplift for end-to-end encrypted email providers.
    Two Europe-based Protonmail and Tutanota have reported an uptick in sign ups in recent weeks.
    Protonmail founder Andy Yen told TechCrunch it's seen a 3x rise in sign ups for its end-to-end encrypted webmail service “in recent weeks”. While Germany's Tutanota said usage has doubled since privacy concerns about WhatsApp's new T&Cs sharing...
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